A publication of
The Town of Cave Creek
37622 N Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ
480-488-6600
Editor: Nina Spitzer
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Cover Photo of Saguaro Flowers: Thank You
Bob Hughes
Did you miss our May issue? You'll find it
Calendar
Corner

July 4: Happy July 4th!
July 6: * Council Meeting - Canceled
July 14-7pm: Board of Adjustment (Town Hall)
July 16-7pm: Planning Commission Meeting (Town Hall)
July 20-6pm: * Council Meeting (Town Hall)

Note: all Council meetings are back to in-person sessions with distancing and masks. There will be options for public email or call in comments. All the info is HERE . Anyone can view the Council meetings live on YouTube by clicking HERE .

Click HERE for the calendar on the Town site.
Covid-19 Corner

Info & Resources
See June 29th VIDEO of our latest Covid-19 mandate from Governor Ducey and you can read more about it HERE, as well.

Find Maricopa County Re-Opening Guidance & Resources HERE .
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Keep up to date on Arizona's recovery status with the latest from Governor Ducey including business reopening guidelines . Click HERE .
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Access all you need to know from the Arizona Department of Economic Security by clicking HERE .
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Find detailed ARIZONA Covid-19 stats and info HERE .
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Foothills Food Bank -
Click HERE .
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Foothills Caring Corps -
Click HERE .
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Look HERE for updated Sky Harbor Airport travel regulations.
Budget Corner
On Monday, June 22nd the Cave Creek Town Council voted to adopt the FY2021 Tentative Budget. The budget document has been published on the town’s Agenda Management website. You can find a link to the tentative budget HERE .
Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Corner
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We're Here Working for You
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Chamber staff have spent countless hours the last couple of months or
more on conference calls and webinars with congressmen, senators,
Governor Ducey’s office, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Small Business Association, Small Business Development Center
and others to learn more and gather resources for you. This resulted in
the resource page available on the front page of our website which is updated frequently. The latest update includes information about how to apply for forgiveness for your PPP loan.

The Chamber will continue to advocate and fight for our business
community. Business may have been interrupted for a bit, but it will not stop us from being here for you, advocating and searching for additional resources as we rebuild together!
~ Patty Villeneuve
President & CEO
Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Library Corner
Books Are Back -
and More

Our Desert Foothills Library is back in limited curbside business and following CDC guidelines to keep our community healthy, safe, and reading. Click HERE to learn how to use their newly implemented curbside service.
Cover Up!
~ For Yourself
~ For Those You Love
~ For your Patrons
~ For Your Business
~ For Your Community
Roads Corner
Closures
You can expect intermittent partial road closures on Cave Creek Road between Spur Cross Road and Carefree Highway during the months of July and August. Century Link will be busy installing new fiber optics cable. Thank you for your understanding.
Utilities Corner
From the Utilities Department
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In 2005, the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek entered into an agreement in which Carefree consented to Cave Creek acquiring the portion of the private water system that served almost 500 residents in Carefree. 
 
In 2005, Cave Creek filed a condemnation action to acquire the entire private water system at a substantial cost. In 2018, the Town of Carefree embarked on a campaign to break off a portion of the Cave Creek system that is physically located within the Town limits of Carefree.
 
The arbitration hearing to determine the total compensation and severance damages that Carefree must pay for the Cave Creek assets located within the Carefree city limits Is scheduled to begin on July 17, 2020 In Phoenix. 

Click HERE for more about this, including the final valuations presented by the Town’s water attorney, Joe Conner, on May 15th. For a link to a video of the entire meeting complete with slide presentations click HERE .
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Supporting one another is what it's all about - Right?
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Re-Opening Corner
See June 29th VIDEO of our latest Covid-19 mandate from Governor Ducey and you can read more about it HERE, as well.
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“Our doors closed for a short time, but our Hearts remained open! Stop on by The Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store and help us continue our mission of supporting the Children of our Community!” - Sandra, Kiwanis Marketplace

"Thank you to all our neighbors that have been so supportive during this unprecedented time. Your friends at Elysian Desert Distilleries."- Mike, Elysian Desert Distilleries

"Stumblina’s is truly grateful for the genuine love and support of our loyal customers. We're lucky to live in this friendly and supportive community and thrilled to be open for business. Thank you all and welcome back!" - Paul & Cherie, Prickly Pear Inn

'It's so great to see people getting out again and enjoying our beautiful desert on horseback!!' - Russ, Trailhead Ranch

"No matter how bad it is, it could always be worse!!!" - Susan Fiebig, It's a Divine Bakery

“We’ve been so excited to see people out and about! Enjoy every day!" - Connie, Cimarron River Company

“We are grateful to all our customers who supported us during this time” - Maria, A Couple of Green Thumbs

"We are excited to be offering Curbside Pick-Up at Desert Foothills Library for all of our patrons! During this phase we are able to bring not only our digital services but our physical materials to our community as well."- Ashley, Desert Foothills Library
Guess It
Corner
Where Am I?
'Any idea where this one is?
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May's Answer:
This tile is on the bridge at the Grotto Café and is one of many beautiful tile pieces you'll find in and around the Grotto and its patio. The tiles and original buildings are the stunning artwork of the building's creators and owners of Quantum Design, architect Andrew Zehr and artist Joan Gould. Check HERE to see the tile design again.
JULY
2020

“Country First”
― John McCain
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Apologies for holding back our June edition At that time our Town's priorities were on multiple local fires.
A Belated...
Happy Father's Day!

“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow."
~ Unknown
The Marshal's Corner
Greetings from The Marshal,
 
Folks, what can I say? We are living in very unprecedented times. COVID-19 is running rampant. Wildland Fires have destroyed homes and huge areas of land within our town limits. I am shocked, I am saddened. Having to evacuate huge portions of Cave Creek was devastating. Losing Black Mountain Feed was shocking. Yet, always seeing the glass half full, I am so very proud of many of you. Our local businesses have risen to the challenges we have faced as a small community. From the Tumbleweed Hotel opening their business to displaced residents and raising funds for the relief efforts to Big Earls hosting a relief get together for the community whom was effected by the fires, to Local Johnny’s fundraiser to help those in need. These are the days folks. These are the days that we all get to look back on and realize how special a town Cave Creek really is.
 
COVID -19 has brought adversity throughout the country and particularly in Arizona with the current spikes in numbers. Businesses have closed and then moved to take out only. Now some businesses are closing once again. I am amazed at your resiliency. Your ability as small business owners to adapt and overcome the challenges that these changing times have brought. Yet even when you are all struggling to adapt to all these challenges, even when some of you have been closed and offering limited services for so long…you all saw the need and stood up to help. That, my friends, is the advantage of being in a small town. Neighbors help neighbors.
 
I ask that all of you please take precautions. Social Distance. Wear your masks. Demand your customers social distance and wear their masks. These are tough times. Be careful. Make certain you and your loved ones stay safe.
 
Stay safe,
Marshal Stein
Fireworks Corner
Mayor Declares Emergency Prohibiting ’Consumer Fireworks’

On June 30, 2020 Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch issued a proclamation restricting the use of permissible consumer fireworks. This declaration was made in view of an emergency due to fire dangers. The Proclamation is in effect from 5:00 p.m. on June 30 through 11:59 p.m. on July 6, 2020. You can find Mayor Bunch's proclamation HERE .

CodeRed Corner
First responders have pointed out that the next emergency is not a matter of "if" but a matter of "when," and the best way to ensure you get important notifications from the Town is to be signed up for CodeRed. You can either download the CodeRed app on your smartphone or sign up through the Town’s website .

CodeRed brings you important messages from the Town regarding emergencies, utilities, weather and roadwork alerts directly to your inbox via email, text or phone call (including landlines). During this season's fires the Town sent critical emergency and evacuation notices to individuals through CodeRed, however this is an opt-in service that you must sign up for.
 
If you do not live in the Cave Creek Town limits but want to receive alerts, you can add an additional address by using your Cave Creek work/business or by using the Town Hall address for a secondary “other” location (37622 N. Cave Creek Road).
 
Click HERE to view a detailed video on how CodeRed works. Tell your neighbors and encourage your fellow community members to sign up so they can also receive potentially life saving messages.
Fire Safety Corner
It's Wildfire Season:
Be Prepared.

Summer heat and wildfire season are upon us. Every day, new brush fires spark up in our surrounding deserts and can easily spread out of control. Both homeowners and businesses need to act now to create a safer space in the event of a nearby brush fire. According to FEMA, "A defensible space is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect a building from a wildfire and can often be created by the property owner."

The Town of Cave Creek has created for us an important guide of best landscaping practices to protect our homes and businesses from the threat of brush fires as well as a list of invasive weeds and grasses that are critical fire threats. Click HERE to check out this helpful information. Below are additional resources on how to make your property, business and family fire-safe, including an excellent "Defensible Space" guide by FEMA. Check it out.

Remember: Preparing NOW can protect us later.
 
Additional Fire Safety Resources:
~ FEMA - An excellent, informative guide on creating defensible space. Click HERE .
~ How to Prepare for a Wildfire Website .
~ Southwest Vegetation Management Association (SWVMA) has an entire web page dedicated to Stinknet. Questions can be sent to SWVMA.stinknet@gmail.com .
~ A PowerPoint with an overview about the plant and how to control it.
~ A printable brochure from the Arizona Native Plant Society in English and Spanish .

Photo Credit: Dennis Taylor, Shuttervita
Fire Kudos Corner
Area Fire Season

The East Desert Fire and the Ocotillo Fire both set the western sky to a glowing red. Everyone watched wide-eyed as flames too quickly threatened homes and lives. Many rushed around gathering pets and livestock and valuables after calls to evacuate, and many in safe zones left their homes to help. Frightened desert critter ran for the safety of surrounding areas.

Town staff, area merchants, non-profit organizations, and residents alike jumped in volunteering time and resources for support during these community crises. Jeri Rust’s Tumbleweed Hotel opened rooms to those evacuating and served as a command point. Marc Peagler’s Frontier Town was used as a staging area for fire fighting crews. Black Mountain Elementary School had its parking lot available for firefighters and donations, while Cactus Shadows High School gym was open to the Red Cross. Many area animal organizations and safe zone residents in the middle of the night made trailers, arenas, and their homes available to displaced residents and animals. Area restaurants came thorough with coffee, hot meals, and gift cards for displaced residents and fire crews on break. Everyone pitched in with all hands on deck to extinguish the demon and support one another in the process.
 
It was the dedicated, hard working first responders, fire fighters, hotshot crews, and tanker plane crews who finally brought the fires down after loss of acres and acres of beautiful Sonoran Desert. Most Fortunately, no human lives were lost in the fires, however, some homes, structures and vehicles had burned to ashes.

In each case, Cave Creek came together showing its heart and reaching out in support to save lives and homes becoming ablaze with a sense of community! The thanks that go out to crews, merchants, organizations, schools, and residents are endless. An especially huge thanks goes to the first responders, fire fighters, hotshot crews, tanker plane crews and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that finally made our town safe. Bravo and kudos to all!
 
Photo Credits:
Fire - Stacie Bouchier
Plane - Dennis Taylor, Shuttervita
A Sad Good-Bye
Mel Coleman, owner since 2007, in front of our historic Cave Creek Feed Store

Read about this devastating fire incident in a Foothills Focus article by Tom Scanlon HERE .

Photo: Nina Spitzer
Featured Biz Corner
On Being...Divine!

“With bread all sorrows are less.”
– Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Bread. It sustains us. It comforts us. It makes us smile. Bread is an essential item in our lives. For this reason, It's a Divine Bakery has been open with regular hours during this Covid-19 crisis. Many health precautions were put into place to maintain safety for customers and employees alike.

Whose nose and eyes don't thrill at walking into the smells and temptations of a bakery? During this crisis breads, of course, have been flying off the shelves at It's a Divine Bakery , but family sized cakes have also been a popular item. Like the rest of us, finding important ingredients has been challenging for the bakery. According to owner and baker extraordinaire, Susan Fiebig, staples most difficult to find have been eggs and ground almonds and when they’re found, they’re rationed.

Susan is happy to be there for her customers but happy also to be able to keep the bakery staff and vendors employed. "I think the outbreak of this pandemic has brought people closer together. Unfortunately, we will still be dealing with the consequences," says Susan. "I wish all the businesses lots of luck and all the best in moving forward."

Susan, your breads and baked goods are truly "Divine." Thank you for serving our community.
History Corner
Tumbleweed Hotel
B y Darlene Southern
 
Located near the intersection of Schoolhouse and Cave Creek Roads stands the Tumbleweed Hotel, a Cave Creek institution since 1970. In the 60’s, what are now the casitas at the Tumbleweed Hotel were the Desert Forest Apartments owned by Maddie and Jim Hines. In 1970, The Hines added the two story building and opened the Tumbleweed Hotel. As you may recall, Maddie Hines was the owner of the store named The Town Dump, which was originally located in the small storefront on the northeast corner of the Tumbleweed property and later moved further east on Schoolhouse Road.
 
In 2003, the Rust family purchased the property and continued the Tumbleweed Hotel “legacy.” Jeri Rust recently completed a beautiful renovation of all 16 rooms and 8 casitas in a style she winsomely calls “retro-western.” Jeri put in place furniture and decor from historical ranches and vintage estates across Arizona. “When you open each door,” says Jeri, “you step back in time.” Take a peek at the photos shared on their Facebook page and website to see how gorgeous they are. And, for those wanting a truly unique experience, visit their teepee lodging as well! ‘Certainly makes me want to experience a stay-cation!
 
You’ll see that right now the facade of the Tumbleweed Hotel is adorned with American flags to show the Rust family’s patriotism and solidarity with the rest of Cave Creek. These flags were acquired from families of deceased veterans and Gary Rust is proud to see them displayed once more at such a time.
 
“Tumbleweed Hotel is part of the fabric of Cave Creek and remains one of famous faces that continue to take people back in time with memories and colorful stories of ‘I remember when…’,” says Jeri Rust.
 
The Tumbleweed Hotel will be reopening in Fall of 2020. Watch for their 50th anniversary party in the Fall and the entire Cave Creek family will be invited to the grand celebration!

Old Photo: Jeri Rust
New Photo: Darlene Southern
Cave Creek Tourism Bureau Corner
Tourism Bureau Stats

Here are our Cave Creek Tourism Bureau stats during our abbreviated winter season.
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Volunteer Hours: 1,050
Volunteers: 32
Visitors: 1,617
Visitors' Home: 28 states and 7 countries (Germany, Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy, Singapore, and Scotland)
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Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers who enjoy sharing information about our beloved towns with worldwide visitors.
We regret that our tourism bureau is still temporarily closed, but we all look forward to being back again for you and our visitors soon! Stay
Well! Stay Happy!

Thank you,
Nina Spitzer,
Volunteer Coordinator
Cave Creek Tourism Bureau
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Tourism Bureau Participants
A Couple of Green Thumbs, Adelante, Arizona Fine Furniture & Tack Brokers, A Place in Time, Bags & Rags Boutique, Bella Donna & Cane, Beth Zink Art, Big Bronco, Arizona Territory Antiques, Big Earl's Greasy Eats, Black Mountain Adventures, Black Mountain Coffee Shop, Black Mountain Fitness, Blue Coyote, Bodhi Coyote Yoga, Bronco Studio, Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue, Buffalo Chip Saloon, Carefree Adventures, Cartwright's Modern Cuisine, Cave Creek BBQ School, Cave Creek Beer Company, Cave Creek Candles & Gifts, Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek Olive Oil Company, Cave Creek Shuttle, Cave Creek Visitor's Guide, Cimarron River Company, Ciolim, Charlie Green Make-Up, City Creamery, Coyote Crossing Studio, Desert Dream Realty, Desert Foothills Library, Desert Treasures, Designs by Jenny, El Encanto Mexican Restaurant, English Rose Tea Room, Erika Willison PLLC, Etania Jewelry & Boutique, Extreme Arizona, Fantastico's Mexican Food, Fiorra CBD, Glory Bee's, Grace Reneé Gallery, The Grotto Café, Hideaway Grill, Holland Community Center, Horny Toad Restaurant, Indian Market, Indian Village, Indigo Crow, It's a Divine Bakery, Janey's Coffee Co., Jeff D. Hill PLLC, Journey Rides, Keeler's Steakhouse, Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store, Lance Headlee, Lara Bistro, Laughing Glass Studio, Lazy Lizard, Leigh Siegel-Realtor, Le Sans Souci, Leslie Nestingen (Berkshire Hathaway), Levanah Acupuncture, Lifestyle Balance with Qigong TaiChi, Lisa Nocella/Russ Lyons Sotheby's, Living Landsdcapes, Inc., Lucy Dickens Fine Art, M & E Stoyanov Fine Art Gallery, Magic Bird Festivals, Michael D'Ambrosi Sculpture, Mike's Chicago Dogs, Monika Cheang Photography, Mountain View Pub, Natural Habitat Inc, Oregano's Pizza Bistro, Pizzicata, Pillar to Post Home Inspections, Prickly Pear Inn, Rancho Mañana Golf Club, Rare Earth Gallery, R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery, Retablo, Ro Scarbrough (Berkshire Hathaway), Rusty Shack, Salon Chella, The Sculpture Studio, Sergio Ladrón de Guevara Fine Art, Sharon J. Edwards (Berkshire Hathaway), Smith & Western, Somm Advice, Sonoran Arts League, Soroptomist International of Saguaro Foothills, Southwest Bedazzle Boutique, Spur Cross Cycles, Spur Cross Stable, Storyteller Indian Store, Studio West, Teeslanger, Thunderbird Artists Gallery, Tonto Bar & Grill, Trailhead Ranch, True West Magazine, Tumbleweed Hotel, Udder Delight, The Village Coffee Shop, Watson's Hat Shop, Western Delight Gift Shop, Western Sky Helicopters, Z's House of Thai
Our list is growing and we LUV it! - Let me know if I've ooopsed & forgotten your name. - Ed.